Homemade Strawberry Milk

Prep 8 mins
Cook 12 mins
Total 20 mins

School has started and although I may not have kids or be in school myself anymore, memories of the school cafeteria and strawberry milk came rushing back to me. To be perfectly honest, I am pretty sure my hankerin’ is not from me reminiscing as much as it is thanks to the non-stop milk commercials on TV this time of year.

Yesterday after some serious pool laps (that’s right, I swam laps instead of floating on a big pink noodle the whole time), I swung by the grocery store to pick up a few things. I happened to be grabbing a gallon of regular milk when I spotted a big pink jug of Strawberry Milk. I glanced at the nutrition and promptly put it right back. There may have been 4 lbs of butter sitting in my cart (heeyyy, I am writing a cookbook! It’s work related butter!), but there was NO way I was going to drink half a glass of Strawberry Milk for over 300 calories and almost 50g of sugar. Dream on Strawberry Milk makers, I can make it myself for less calories, sugar and money!

So I came home and grabbed some of the strawberries that were about to turn bad from my fridge and made a strawberry simple syrup. Does it still have sugar? Of course, but it has much less than the store bought kind. Plus, when mixing the strawberry simple syrup into your milk you can decide on how much to add. I have been enjoying Strawberry Fat Free Milk all week and it has been fabulous! πŸ˜‰

Yield: 2-4 cups Strawberry Milk

Homemade Strawberry Milk

Strawberry Milk with a pink and white straw - topped with a strawberry

Homemade Strawberry Milk, made with a strawberry simple syrup, is so sweet and delicious. Your kids will absolutely love this pink drink--I guarantee it!

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • milk


  1. In a small sauce pan over medium high heat, bring strawberries, sugar and water to a boil. Boil for 10-12 minutes –until the mixture slightly reduces and the strawberries are starting to break down.
  2. Using a mesh strainer, strain the mixture into a bowl and allow to cool. Once cool stir strawberry syrup into cold milk –adding as little or as much as you like!
  3. If you have any leftover, syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 2gSugar: 54gProtein: 5g


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29 Responses
  1. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    Since I’ve been known to sneak some of that really bad-for-you Strawberry Milk in the cold case, I could totally get into a healthier, homemade version!

  2. Sues

    Pretty and delicious! And so funny because when we were at the grocery store this week, my husband picked up a container of Strawberry Quik and I told him to put it down because we could make a much better one at home! And you proved me right πŸ™‚

  3. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions

    Strawberry milks reminds me of being a kid too! My Mom never let us have flavored milk (chocolate or strawberry) but my Dad did. It was always a special treat!

  4. Joanne

    I definitely reminisce over strawberry milk often but never let myself buy it because of the calorie content. Totally making this!

  5. Katrina

    I can’t express how excited I am for your cook book. Can.Freaking.Not. BUT! I can make blog recipes like this doozie in the meantime. Hurray!

  6. Mindy

    I’m not a strawberry milk afficionado, so this may seem obvious to everyone else. Why do you have to strain the mixture? I was wondering about a possible puree after the mixture cools a bit instead to use as the syrup. Thanks for the beautiful (and yummy) idea!

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      Hey Mindy,

      If you wanted to, you could puree the strawberries in. It would just make the milk have a different texture and you would have bits of strawberry and strawberry seeds floating around. πŸ™‚

  7. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Now that is my favorite color! So pretty! And it looks so delicious! I was going to say I need to make this for my kids, but who are we kidding, it would totally be for me πŸ˜€

  8. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

    This sounds way better than the store bought stuff! Much healthier than all that strawberry milk I drank as a kid!

  9. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    So my schools never had strawberry milk (I actually don’t think I’ve ever even tried strawberry milk before) but I am thrilled to make this. Plus, it’s so easy!

    And I’m totally not judging you about the 4 lb of butter in the shopping cart. I do the same, and I’m not even writing a cookbook!

  10. Ala

    I just looked up the ingredients for store-bought strawberry milk: competing for first place were our good friends high fructose corn syrup, Lowfat milk, propylene glycol, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Blue #1, carrageenan, and guar gum. Yum. Yeah, I’m only making your version from now on–thanks so much for sharing this homemade gem!

  11. loulou

    Wow, I am so going to try this! I’ve never had strawberry milk before but my doctor recently advised me to make sure I’m getting enough calcium. Since I don’t drink milk normally, this might be ideal. It sounds so good!

  12. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    What a pretty pink! Love that you can control how much syrup you put in. I tried making strawberry milk last month just by blending strawberries, milk and some honey. Yeah. That didn’t work out so well. This sounds much better. πŸ™‚

    And good for you for putting that milk back! Things that are half sugar kind of scare me. Unless it’s an actual dessert!

  13. DessertForTwo

    I love this!
    Please tell me Jorge is blowing into that straw in order to make the bubbles in the photo! πŸ™‚

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